KaBOOM! Playground Build, June 18, 2016

On a hot summer day in June, more than 200 volunteers came together with United Way, KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to build a playground in Akron’s Suddieth Park – in just six hours! Watch how United Way of Summit County is working to give kids the happy, healthy childhood they deserve by giving them the spaces they need for safe and active play. Read the article>   See photos on Facebook>


Smart Start Community Baby Shower 2016

On May 4, 2016, volunteers from throughout Summit County came together to help new and expectant mothers in Akron as part of United Way’s inaugural Smart Start Baby Shower. Moms received bags filled with baby necessities supplied by hundreds of generous donors from throughout the community. Employees from Akron Children’s Hospital were also on hand to provide valuable information on infant health. With the help of local companies, organizations and individual volunteers, United Way is working to build a Summit County where every child has a fair shot at a healthy, prosperous, fulfilling life.

United Way President & CEO Jim Mullen Speaks at 2016 Annual Meeting

United Way of Summit County is reimagining itself. At the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting, president and CEO Jim Mullen invited attendees to see United Way as more than a yearly fundraising campaign and to join the organization in transforming Akron and Summit County through concerted, collective community impact efforts. Find out more at 

United Way Reimagined

Help us reimagine your United Way! And then imagine our community as a place where all are supported -- from cradle to adulthood. More >

"Page It Forward" Book Drive

Nearly two-thirds of low-income families do not have books in their homes. United Way of Summit County’s “Page It Forward” Book Drive brings together local companies to provide books to children in underserved communities in Akron, Ohio. On March 9, 2016, volunteers cleaned, sorted and distributed thousands of donated books to students from two Akron Public Schools. 
United Way is committed to bringing the gift of reading to every child in Summit County. More>

Imagination Library

Together we can rewrite the future story for the children of Summit County through United Way’s Imagination Library. More

Bridges Summit County

Through Bridges Summit County “Getting Ahead,” Ana learned how to assemble the resources she and her children needed to achieve a life beyond poverty. The result: a brighter future. More

Mini Farmers Market

United Way is a champion for nutritious food for all in Summit County. That's why we support mini farmers markets in low-income "food desert" neighborhoods. 

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute trains residents in Summit County’s diverse communities to improve quality of life through grassroots collective engagement, advocacy and action. More